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it unsuccessfully -- they were clear in publicly stating their intention. i think that should be clear at this point. commissioner campos: colleagues, any other questions or comments? commissioner chu. commissioner chu: thank you. all was also at that meeting. i want to thank supervisor wiener for his leadership on making sure that language was clear even though the amendments did not take. it was clear what the intention was. commissioner campos: thank you, commissioner. let's open up to public comment. is there anyone from the public that would like to comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. madam clerk, please call item 5. >> item 5. program $400,000 in cycle 3 lifeline transportation program (ltp) state transit assistance funds to the san francisco municipal transportation agency's (sfmta's) free muni for low income youth pilot program and concurring with the sfmta's
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ltp prop 1b project priorities, including a wait list project in case there are unneeded ltp prop 1b funds. this is an action item. commissioner campos: unless there are any questions -- this was an item that was considered by the plans and programs committee. is there anyone from the public that would like to comment on this item? sorry. we have speaker cards. >> [speaking spanish]
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>> midafternoon. -- good afternoon. i wanted to ask for your support of this funding. a lot of our families are low- income. we do not have other options for
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transporting ourselves. many of us have multiple children and to have to make multiple trips to pick up our children to and from school, and that makes it very expensive and difficult for us to be able to support our families in this way, so that is why we are asking for your support. commissioner campos: thank you. let me read a cue cards. angelina yu. jane martin. estella linda montoya. >> [speaking in spanish]
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>> i just wanted to share an experience that i had riding the bus last week where i saw a student on the bus trying to get to school in the morning. he was told he could get on because he did not have fare. this was difficult for me to watch. she was telling me out said that even i wanted to give him $2 for him to get to go to school. we are asking for your support. commissioner campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> my name is linda montoya.
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we have been working on this program for months. i want to ask that we make you the free passes for all youth. we need your support to make this happen, and to fund part of this program. from my experience, i am the mother of a 9-year-old boy. we ride from bayview district to downtown to school every day. i am not the only family that struggles this way when it comes to our transportation. i would also like to thank the board of supervisors for your support. thank you. commisoner campos: thank you very much. >> i and the youth organizer with people with an unemployment rights. i want to thank you for your ongoing support so far on this item. i am representing the youth from the bayview, mission, and excelsior, who could not be here today. as an organizer, i ride the bus several times a week to talk about their experience on public
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transportation. for many people, we hear countless stories about muni becoming less affordable and less accessible. for many people, they have to choose between food and basic needs are paying for public recitation, which is not really a choice. it becomes increasingly difficult for families who have multiple children to have to pay for all their fares. the young people i have met said they feel unsafe stepping into environment of fear of being ticketed for not been able to afford their fair. i want to remind us today that muni is their school bus and this is the way they are able to move around, not only to school, but do vital services around the city. today we have a huge opportunity to make a small investment that could impact the lives of thousands of children, youth, and families in the city. we look forward to your leadership to make this pilot program a reality. commissioner campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> [speaking spanish]
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>> i am a mother and i just want to say that we would really appreciate your support and we count on your support because a lot of us are low income and it is difficult for us to make ends meet. if you are able to approve these $400,000 for this program, it would mean a lot to us and a
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lot of families in the city. commissioner campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> [speaking spanish] >> good afternoon. i am a member of power, a single mother, and i wanted to share with you my experience. i have two kids and it is very difficult for me to pay for my children to ride muni as well as my own adults fare.
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i have also seen children being pulled off a bus. it is sad when they are getting ready to go to school, if they do not have 75 cents to ride the bus and try to get an education. >> [speaking spanish] >> i want to thank all of you who have been supportive of our campaign so far and i hope that you will continue to support us. thank you. commissioner campos: thank you very much. next speaker please. >> my name is angelina yu. i have been a part of the coalition for youth. over this past year, i have got a pat -- chance to work with young people from all their goods across san francisco sharing what consistent voice, that affordability of muni is something they really care about. this campaign has been driven by young people. the justice aspect is that we are seeing young people speak up
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about their needs to make transit accessible for them and their families. the transportation side of it, aside from the needs of the campaign, we see young people at the table now with sfpuc and sfmta. it will be a two-year pilot and we are hearing many students, many in middle school and high school, how they want a program to work. we have been working to design an education and outreach component. the education component is ready to kick off. surveys have been done with high school students and middle school students to understand the relationship with public transit, their needs, and hal muni can work for this demographic of young people. additionally, about which campaigns are being talked about by young people. they are asking, how can we let more young people know about this program? this is something that will build that sense of lifelong ridership that the ta cares
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about for the next generation of writers. >> thank you. next speaker. >> i am the chair of the san francisco youth commission. i have been involved in this topic since i have been on the youth commission. i want to be really clear, the funds for this program are coming -- the $400,000 that you will be voting on today -- comes from a regional fund specifically for low income people. that is what they were created to do. i think it is more than fitting to use this money for free muni for low income youth. i encourage you to use that money for this program. i think you all for your support, in the past, and moving forward. have a good morning. commissioner campos: thank you. next speaker. >> my name is jane and i am from power. i want to thank you for your support in this issue. as most of you know, we have
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secured funds from the mta for this program and the samba schools district. the remaining part of it is the piece that you will be voting on today as well as funds we are looking for for the metropolitan transportation commission regional funds. as we go to the regional commissioners and ask for support of the san francisco project, it is a board that we are united as a city in supporting this program. because we are still doing all the advocacy, the more support we can have today in support of this funding will indicate to the region that we are serious and united behind this program. i know some concerns have been raised about what happens after the pilot project. the point of a pilot project is to study the issue, see what works, and spend the time identifying the ongoing funding. i want to assure you we are committed as a community and advocates to work and long term funding piece, but we need your support as well. to say we do not want to support this program because we are wary
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about future funding is to say that we expect low income children who are trying to get to school to fill in the gap in our budget. that is unacceptable. you have heard from members of power and community members across the city about the crisis that families are having and children are having, being criminalize on their way to school and work and after-school activities. commissioner campos: thank you very much. next speaker please. >> supervisors, you know, today, they are going to observe this day in honor of harvey milk. i also want to talk about a great leader, sees her job as. i want to put this in context. -- cesar chavez. you supervisors, when it comes to paying five other thousand
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dollars to someone like nathaniel ford, you do not say a word, but when it comes to helping our senior and youth linked to the transportation, everybody has to go through all of these hurdles. now, those who are poor, those who do not have the ability to represent in the courts, they come here and humbly request of you, but the poor have been trying to say something to you for over 10 years. i remember when you could ride you the 4 5 cents. then 25 cents. then 25 cents. then 75 cents. now whatever. it is very easy, with our $6.9
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billion, to give our youth free transportation. not only poor youth, but all youth spirit if you cannot get that, you will not be able to get anything. supervisors, if you have the guts, do the right thing. whether it is harvey milk, cesar chavez, martin luther king, jesus christ, they all worked for the people. thank you very much. commissioner campos: thank you. is there any other member of the public that would like to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, i am not going to repeat some of the points that have been made about this proposal, but it would finalize the city's commitment by having the county transportation authority dedicate money to this effort. i respectfully ask for your support. lastly, i want to thank the
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families, parents, the youth who have been working on this campaign to provide free fares, now for low income youth. thank you very much. it is greatly appreciated. commissioner abel los? -- vavalos? commisioner avalos: i just wanted to concur with your comments, thank the efforts that have been made through these many years. organizing an ad accusing across the city with our young people to make this day -- advocating across the city with our young people to make this day in reality has been incredible. this is one of the greatest efforts i have seen, bar any age, of people doing this kind of work. i just want to congratulate you on that effort, being here today, and we will get this done. commissioner campos: thank you. commissioner campokim.
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commissioner kim: i just wanted to reiterate my support for this program and how proud i am of our youth leaders and families coming to bat on this program. it is an innovative idea for san francisco, a program that many other cities already have, which is to provide free transit for our youth going to school. we require our youth to go to school, we want our youth to go to school, and transit should never be a barrier or an excuse as to why they cannot get there. i also wanted to talk about the history of how this came to be, which was coming as our youth fares rose dramatically to fix the gap in the mta budget, when i was at the school district, we try to negotiate with the mta to get funds to get discounted passes for low income youth.
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it was really frustrating, for one year, that money just sat, because we could not figure out how to use that money administratively, due to labor issues, the issue of handling cash at multiple school sites, and the immense difficulty of that. so for an entire school year, youth that were willing to get these discounted passes, were not able to get them. this was the solution that came out of that challenging process, where there was a commitment to provide a way for our young people to travel on public transit, but that solution just did not work. i think this was a good solution that came out of that, but i think there was a long history that got us to this point. that is important to it knowledge and recognize. it is important for a city to show strongly that we support this program, and that we support our young people here in san francisco. thank you. commissioner campos:
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commissioner olague? commissioner olague: this is an issue that is a no-brainer. i want to thank everyone who organized and for their efforts, the youth commission for their leadership that they have shown here. school is required. the way things are set up here, the options for attending schools near where you live is not necessarily present. youth have to travel, in many cases, long distances to do what is required of them. certainly, we do not want to contribute to issues of a truancy or anything. it seems to be and a side issue, but we want to do whatever we can to make sure that you if -- youth, especially folks accessing these passes, are attending school, preparing for their future. i just want to thank all of the folks from power and the youth commission for the leadership
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that they have shown on this. i think there are still a lot of things that we have to look at. again, as i mentioned, sometimes where you have households with working parents, it is sometimes hard to make sure that children are being accompanied on public transportation to get to school safely, so there are a lot of issues that we still need to look at regarding this. the pilot program is two years, so we will be able to identify how we need to tweak it in the next few years. commissioner campos: commissioner mar. commissioner mar: i want to thank the grass-roots coalition for this as well, congratulate them on the victory so far. i want to reiterate what a number of you said, like my daughter, muni is our children paused school bus often, with the cutbacks at the school
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district, and many families are struggling, and this would help them make ends meet. as the representatives of power, other organizations mentioned, this is part of the approval today. we still need to be as united as possible to bring this to the regional body, the mtc. i would also urge our colleagues to be as strong as possible in supporting san francisco's effort in this campaign. thanks again to the mothers that were out here and you that have testified in number of times before different bodies. it is truly inspiring for the youth, to get free passes, but also to raise awarenesssupervis. unfortunately i will be descending on the boat and one to explain why. i understand it is a difficult
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time and families are having a hard time with regards to the rates that are currently paid. if we had gone a different direction, perhaps a deeper discount, that would be something i would have been supportive of the. right now we will see the budget before us on thursday. what we will be seeing is the we will see an increase in revenue because of general proceeds, they are not yet balanced. they do have a short fall in relation to contract negotiations that have finally been settled. i do believe there is tentativeness with regards to the budget. to be able to move forward with a project like this, at this time i cannot in good faith do. i think the budget issues are things that we should take care of and it is a solvent system and a system that can pay for the improvements we need.
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that means making sure we invest in capital in maintaining the buses so they do not break down. this is something that is good for the entire system. for working people. i cannot at this time supports this because i do not know what the dollars will be when it is finally up and running. pilot programs often become permanent programs. at this time i have to descend on this coming knowing the but it's not quite where it needs to be. >> any other comments? madam clerk, could we have roll- call vote on item number 5? >> item passes with seven votes.
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if you could call item no. 6. >> item 6 program 1,000,200 and thousand 942 in stickle three life find transportation program jobs access reverse commute funds to the sentences go transportation agencies continuation of bus service restoration project. supervisor campos: roll call on item 6. >> item passes. supervisor campos: item number
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7. commissioner avalos: i am wholeheartedly supporting an gela minkin. she will make a fine member of the community, and i look forward to her serving. thank you. supervisor campos: any member of the public that would like to speak on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. same house, same call? item passes. madam clerk, can call item no. 8. >> this is an information item. we cannot turn his back. to dumn now turn to staff.
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>> chester and ben will present. the city department agency is here to answer questions. >> good morning, mr. chair and city members. i will do a quick introduction to the presentation and an overview across some of the planning seventh batter in district 3. that we will do the same in district 9. very quickly, this is an effort we have undertaken for every district. we're reporting on district 3 and 9. we are reporting on district 4 and 8. then going on down the line.
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what you see before you is a map of district 3. >> good morning. chester fong. there are two major authority- led efforts. i will start with van ness us rapid transit project. we have achieved important milestones with this project. we will bring forward the recommendation following closely on the heels as the bus rapid transit project. current work is on the environmental transportation analysis. we have begun our ouutreach
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to provide the community with updates on the community project. these are a set of open houses scheduled for the end of june. now i will call on michael schwartz to come up and talk about additional authority-let phases. >> good morning, chair and commissioners. the next betty in the packet is the better market street package, which came with a package amendment, and we will make an informational meeting. if there are any additional questions, i will move on to the next slide, which is other a 40-let projects. it is a multi-agency project. this involved looking at different policies and pilot for transportation management. we will have upcoming studies in
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the neighborhood transportation plan. that is being covered as part of the trends that affect in this plan. >> just a quick update on central subway. we are making significant progress in securing the full funding grant agreement for the project. the current project out is $233 million construction project. there is approximately $57 million in prop k supporting that. we expect a full update in the next quarter. the next project is more to the next list, bicycle facility meat and products. this is a project we have reported on for every district. this was a project behind schedule. we worked with mta to select a new